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Evan Bennerotte was one of three Rocket players with two hits in the win at Triton on Saturday to finish the regular season. Here he hits against Mayer Lutheran. Alec Hamilton / Cannon Falls Beacon

Playoffs have started for a vast majority of spring sports and the Randolph Rocket baseball team enters Section 4A play as the No. 3 seed out of nine teams. The Rockets will face No. 6 West Lutheran in Randolph on Thursday, May 25.

Randolph might have been in the mix for the top seed in the section as the top four teams according to QRF were separated by less than nine points, however the Rockets’ recent slide of five consecutive losses cost them. They finished the regular season with a 12-6 overall record and 7-3 mark in the Gopher Conference, where they tied-for-third with Kenyon-Wanamingo behind United South Central and New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva (NRHEG). 

Also on Randolph’s side of the bracket is No. 2 Heritage Christian Academy, No. 7 Mayer Lutheran and No. 6 West Lutheran. Mayer Lutheran already defeated No. 10 Academy for Sciences and Agriculture. On the other side of the bracket, Legacy Christian Academy is the top seed. Then there is No. 4 New Life Academy of Woodbury, No. 5 Lester Prairie, No. 8 Trinity/Unity and No. 9 Minneapolis North. The winner of Randolph and West Lutheran will face either Heritage Christian Academy or Mayer Lutheran on Tuesday, May 30, at the high seed. The section semifinal game is June 3 at the high seed and the section championship is June 8 at Bethel University. 

Randolph was able to right the ship in the last game of the regular season with a 14-2 blowout of the Triton Cobras on the road. The Rockets scored 10 runs in the first three innings and then added four more runs in the fifth and sixth innings to institute the 10-run rule. Triton’s two runs came in the fourth inning. 

Evan Bennerotte, Tristan Zingler and Tayven Geiger all had two hits in the win while Geiger and Kale Staub each drove in two runs. Kyle Peine earned the win on the mound, going 3 ⅔ innings where he allowed two earned runs on two hits and four walks with four strikeouts. Zingler pitched 2 ⅓ innings of relief and allowed just four hits and a walk with a pair of punchouts.

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